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Does the antihelmithic medication Ivermectin reduce my chance of dying from COVID if I take it early in the course of illness?


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The data on this is all over the place. Interestingly, although a recent cochrane review on this revealed a 66% reduction in mortality, however it was determined to be not statistically significant. Other reviews have been more favorable. However, reaching statistical significance seems just out of reach for these studies. Ivermectin by perscription for human use is cheap and largely very safe in every study used. Why is it so vilified? Seriously?


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